One hundred Tucson police officers with aging bulletproof vests will be equipped with new ones through the efforts of the Tucson Police Foundation.
The foundation, through its Adopt a Cop Tucson program, raised enough funds through events, sponsorships, grants and donations from community members and businesses to provide the Tucson Police Department 100 new vests for its officers, according to a news release from the foundation.
Because the manufacturer’s warranty on the vests expires after five years, the vests will be given to patrol officers who currently have vests that are more than five years old.
TPD provides officers with their first protective vest, but officers are responsible for buying replacement vests with a stipend that is used to purchase batons, flashlights and other accessories and equipment.
The Adopt a Cop program started in 2011, and the foundation has provided more than 300 vests to TPD since then.
The cost of each vest is $800.
The foundation accepts donations online at www.adoptacoptucson.org or by calling 207-2878.